Ovarian cancer isn’t as well known as other female cancers, like breast and cervical cancer, but it’s more common than cervical cancer and claims more lives.
Why should we be raising awareness of ovarian cancer?
- Ovarian cancer is currently the UK’s most deadly gynaceological disease, with over 7,000 cases diagnosed every year
- 80% of women cannot name the symptoms of ovarian cancer
- Many women mistakenly believe that ovarian cancer has no symptoms and is a silent killer
- Women commonly think that a cervical smear test will detect ovarian cancer
- Ovarian cancer is actually more common than cervical cancer and claims more lives
- Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer among women in the UK
- UK ovarian cancer survival rates are among the worst in Europe
Through lack of awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer it can take a long time for a woman to be diagnosed with the disease.
This means that by the time of diagnosis their ovarian cancer has progressed quite far, making it harder to treat.
When women are diagnosed in the early stages of ovarian cancer they have a 90% chance of surviving for more than five years but this reduces to 22% when diagnosed in the later stages.
We believe that a greater level of awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer is key to earlier diagnosis and improving survival rates.
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